NDSU senior lineman sidelined for season

Updated: October 28, 2003, 4:08 PM ET

FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakota State senior defensive lineman Jordan Graff is likely to be sidelined the rest of the season due to bone chips in his knee, head coach Craig Bohl says.

Bohl said Monday that Graff was injured last Saturday in the Bison game against Augustana.

"It's not looking very promising," Bohl said.

Offensive tackle Nick Zilka, who sprained an ankle, probably will return for NDSU's Saturday game against the University of South Dakota at the Fargodome.

Bison running back Kyle Steffes is out with a broken leg, starting offensive guard Justin Monson was lost earlier with a knee injury and starting linebacker Brian Erenberg went down with an injured foot.

Graff's departure probably will mean more playing time for freshman Justin Frick. Bohl said Frick might be moved to a defensive end spot to help spell Jamel Thomas and Travis Ware.

"When you get to the end of the year, it's like musical chairs," Bohl said. "When you get to this time of the year, you're going to be thin, and we're thin."

The Bison, 6-2 overall and still in the NCAA Division II playoff hunt, could get Erenberg back for Saturday's last North Central Conference home game. South Dakota linebacker Josh Gassen will not be playing, however.

Gassen received two personal foul penalties in the second half of USD's game with South Dakota State last week, said USD head coach John Austin. NCAA rules dictate Gassen has to sit out the next game.

"It's an emotional game and it was an emotional situation," Austin said. "He's a class kid and he feels bad about it. But we're moving forward."

The Coyotes are 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the league.

"We've beaten ourselves," Austin said.

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index

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